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A homeless encampment grows in size just west of downtown Friday, May 20, 2022, in Phoenix. Hundreds of homeless people die in the streets each year from the heat, in cities around the U.S. and the world. The ranks of homeless have swelled after the pandemic and temperatures fueled by climate change soar. (AP Photo/Ross D.

Sweltering streets: Hundreds of homeless die in extreme heat

A homeless encampment grows in size just west of downtown Friday, May 20, 2022, in Phoenix. Hundreds of homeless people die in the streets each year from the heat, in cities around the U.S. and the world. The ranks of homeless have swelled after the pandemic and temperatures fueled by climate change soar. (AP Photo/Ross D.

June 27, 2022, 6:05am Latest News

Hundreds of blue, green and grey tents are pitched under the sun’s searing rays in downtown Phoenix, a jumble of flimsy canvas and plastic along dusty sidewalks. Here, in the hottest big city in America, thousands of homeless people swelter as the summer’s triple digit temperatures arrive. Read story

Paul Hunter has taken to sleeping on the roof of his RV, parked along a stretch of NE 33rd Drive in Portland, Oregon. The interior is infested with rats, he says, as well as two rattlesnakes.

Sobering lessons in untying the knot of a homeless crisis in Portland

Paul Hunter has taken to sleeping on the roof of his RV, parked along a stretch of NE 33rd Drive in Portland, Oregon. The interior is infested with rats, he says, as well as two rattlesnakes.

June 27, 2022, 6:05am Editor's Choice

Michelle Farris never expected to become homeless, but here she was, sifting through garbage and towering piles of debris accumulated along a roadway on the outskirts of Northeast Portland. Farris, 51, has spent much of her adult life in Oregon, and has vivid memories of this area alongside the lumbering… Read story

Cathy Rupe prepares meals for about 240 students each day at Jackson Elementary School in Everett, Washington.

Washington families lose safety nets as pandemic, inflation persist

Cathy Rupe prepares meals for about 240 students each day at Jackson Elementary School in Everett, Washington.

June 27, 2022, 6:02am Latest News

At one point during the pandemic, Regina Johnson posted pictures of her empty fridge and pantry to her neighborhood’s Buy Nothing webpage. She said the hyperlocal social media group, one of hundreds that have popped up to exchange goods and services free of charge, swooped in and restocked her shelves. Read story

Local medical students help Spokane’s Afghan refugees navigate health records

June 27, 2022, 6:02am Northwest

As a child, Mary Kim took on the role of translator for her parents’ medical appointments. A couple of years before she was born, they had immigrated to the U.S. from South Korea. Read story

Republican gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp smiles while greeting supporters at a rally Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Mount Vernon, Wash. Culp, police chief of the town of Republic, Wash., and author of the book "American Cop: Upholding the Constitution and Defending Your Right to Bear Arms," will face off against incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee in November.

Vote fraud conspiracy theories driving candidates for elections offices in Washington

Republican gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp smiles while greeting supporters at a rally Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Mount Vernon, Wash. Culp, police chief of the town of Republic, Wash., and author of the book "American Cop: Upholding the Constitution and Defending Your Right to Bear Arms," will face off against incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee in November.

June 27, 2022, 6:02am Election

Mason County Auditor Paddy McGuire has spent nearly two decades helping run elections, including stints as Oregon deputy secretary of state and at the Department of Defense, ensuring military service members overseas could vote. Read story

Aileen Luppert, left, gets a hug from her Aunt Eve Luppert during the Planned Parenthood abortion-rights rally in front of the Federal Courthouse in Spokane, Wash., on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

Eastern Washington prepares for rise in abortion patients following Supreme Court ruling

Aileen Luppert, left, gets a hug from her Aunt Eve Luppert during the Planned Parenthood abortion-rights rally in front of the Federal Courthouse in Spokane, Wash., on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

June 26, 2022, 7:09pm Northwest

Leaders in Washington and abortion access supporters are expecting a sharp rise in the number of people crossing state lines to get an abortion as part of the fallout from the Supreme Court’s decision reversing Roe v. Wade. Read story

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo, a sign at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is posted near Richland, Wash. Advocates for cleaning up the former nuclear weapons production site in Washington state are outraged that the Trump administration is proposing a $700 million budget cut next year for the work. The budget cut released in a proposal on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, is almost certain to delay the cleanup, which is on a legally-enforced schedule.

Feds get more time to start up massive Hanford plant. Construction began 20 years ago

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo, a sign at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is posted near Richland, Wash. Advocates for cleaning up the former nuclear weapons production site in Washington state are outraged that the Trump administration is proposing a $700 million budget cut next year for the work. The budget cut released in a proposal on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, is almost certain to delay the cleanup, which is on a legally-enforced schedule.

June 26, 2022, 3:07pm Northwest

A federal judge has agreed to give the Department of Energy more time to start treating waste at the $17 billion Hanford vitrification plant under construction since 2002. Read story

Demonstrators gather in downtown Portland, Ore., on Friday, June 24, 2022, to protest the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a federally protected right to abortion.

Abortion rights protest in Portland turns destructive

Demonstrators gather in downtown Portland, Ore., on Friday, June 24, 2022, to protest the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a federally protected right to abortion.

June 26, 2022, 3:06pm Latest News

An abortion rights protest in Portland, Oregon turned destructive over the weekend, with some people marching down the street breaking windows on businesses and vehicles and scrawling graffiti, police said. Read story

3rd Congressional candidates Joe Kent, left, and Vicki Kraft.

Inslee asks voters to reject 3rd District candidates Joe Kent, Vicki Kraft

3rd Congressional candidates Joe Kent, left, and Vicki Kraft.

June 26, 2022, 2:04pm Clark County Politics

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is urging Republican voters in Southwest Washington to reject Joe Kent and state Rep. Vicki Kraft in the upcoming Congressional primary because of their statements and actions questioning the outcome of the 2020 election. Read story

FILE - In this May 15, 2019 photo, the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River is seen from the air near Colfax, Wash. A report released Thursday, June 9, 2022, said the benefits provided by four giant hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in Washington state can be replaced if the dams are breached to save endangered salmon runs. But finding other ways to provide electricity, irrigation and enabling commerce would cost up to $27.2 billion, the report said. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Why public power utilities are pouring cash into the campaign to support Lower Snake River dams

FILE - In this May 15, 2019 photo, the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River is seen from the air near Colfax, Wash. A report released Thursday, June 9, 2022, said the benefits provided by four giant hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in Washington state can be replaced if the dams are breached to save endangered salmon runs. But finding other ways to provide electricity, irrigation and enabling commerce would cost up to $27.2 billion, the report said. (AP Photo/Ted S.

June 26, 2022, 1:54pm Northwest

Northwest power utilities have poured more than $2 million into a public-relations campaign to convince the region’s residents that breaching four hydropower dams on the Lower Snake River is a bad idea. Read story